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Ch 3: Cognition & Cognitive Development

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Quickly improve your understanding of information processing, Lev Vygotsky's theory of cognitive development, and a whole lot more with these concise, yet information-packed video lessons. This chapter on cognition and cognitive development aims to simplify test preparation.

Cognition & Cognitive Development - Chapter Summary

By taking time to go through these lessons on cognition and cognitive development, you can verify your understanding of sensorimotor periods in children. You can also gain a richer understanding of how intelligence changes over a period of time. After completing the chapter, you should feel confident and ready to:

  • Discuss attention as an element of cognitive development
  • List the stages of information processing
  • Explain how play affects cognitive development
  • Provide an overview of object permanence
  • Describe the cognitive development of adolescents
  • Outline Lev Vygotsky's theory of cognitive development
  • Explain how information is processed over time

This chapter on cognition and cognitive development is self-paced and mobile-friendly. Experts guide you through these video lessons while providing an engaging and fun learning experience. A brief quiz is available for each lesson to measure how well you understand the concepts covered.

8 Lessons in Chapter 3: Cognition & Cognitive Development
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Attention as Part of Cognitive Development: Definition & Process

1. Attention as Part of Cognitive Development: Definition & Process

We pay attention in various ways, every day. In this lesson, we will look into the four types of attention we consistently use and look at how attention spans change throughout a lifetime.

What is Information Processing? - Definition & Stages

2. What is Information Processing? - Definition & Stages

How do we interact with and process information in our daily lives? Psychologists use the theory of information processing to explain it. They also use the theory to talk about our stages of memory.

The Role of Play in Cognitive Development

3. The Role of Play in Cognitive Development

When we think of childhood, we often think of playing. But did you know that playing is vital to a child's healthy development? In this lesson, we will learn about the various types of play that aid a child's cognitive growth.

Cognitive Development in Infants: Object Permanence & Sensorimotor Periods

4. Cognitive Development in Infants: Object Permanence & Sensorimotor Periods

There is no time like infancy - it is the first exposure people have to the world. According to Jean Piaget, there are six stages infants go through as they develop cognitively and learn to act in their environment.

Cognitive Development in Children and Adolescents

5. Cognitive Development in Children and Adolescents

If you were to observe children growing into their teenage years, you would notice their thinking and understanding develops over time. In this lesson, you will learn about the specific stages of mental growth in children and adolescents as outlined by Jean Piaget.

Lev Vygotsky's Theory of Cognitive Development

6. Lev Vygotsky's Theory of Cognitive Development

The role of culture and social interactions are imperative to cognitive development, according to psychologist, Lev Vygotsky. This lesson will discuss how social interactions play a role in cognitive development of children, provide an overview of Vygotsky's cultural-historical theory and describe the stages of speech and language development.

Memory and Information Processing Over Time

7. Memory and Information Processing Over Time

Memory is something we rely on throughout our lives. But, how does it first develop? In this lesson, we will explore the first signs of memory in infants and how memory changes over our lives.

Knowledge and Change in Intelligence Over Time

8. Knowledge and Change in Intelligence Over Time

In this lesson, we will look at Raymond Cattell's two types of intelligence: fluid and crystallized. We will also look at convergent and divergent ways of thinking and changes in intelligence over time.

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